One of the wonderful words applied to God’s people in the Bible is “beloved.” If you are in Christ, God views you as His beloved (see Colossians 3:12 & Ephesians 5:1 for only two illustrations). Life is so difficult, especially at times, that Christians must not only be aware of the concept of their beloved-ness by God, they must be regularly living in the blessed awareness of this wonderful truth. Without an experience of love we die long before our hearts cease beating.
Once Thomas Carlyle was in deep discussion with a distinguished visitor as his wife, Jane, listened. He paused in his remarks, turned to his devoted and long-suffering wife and said, “Jane, don’t breathe so loud.” Not long afterwards she stopped breathing altogether. Some time after her death Carlyle read her private journal. He discovered that his failure in kindness hurt her deeply. She died of emotional starvation. She craved and was denied love and considerateness. “If I had only known,” Carlyle lamented. But, he should have known, shouldn’t he?
And so should we! God wants His children to know and feel that they are beloved by Him. There is a beautiful security in this which we should crave and must have in life. Deuteronomy 33:12 says, “Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.”
Henry Nouwen wrote to a friend, “All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved,’ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being—‘You are the Beloved.’”
Christians, you are the Beloved. God says so! The Bible says so! The Cross of Christ says so! Our faith may never be more tested than in accepting this spiritual reality. We feel so undeserving. We are so sinful. Surely God puts up with me because of the Cross. He tolerates me and my unworthiness. But no! That’s not it. That’s not faith enough. My Bible says I am His Beloved! So are you! Dare we think that God views us as His Beloved…that He doesn’t love us only because He has to love us, but that He even likes us?!! This is the only conclusion faith can draw. We are identified Biblically as the Beloved. Being the beloved is our calling. The core truth about us is not our terrible sinfulness…not our gifts…but our belovedness. We are the beloved children of the Great, Good and Gracious God of Heaven. Live your life like one of His Beloved! Praise God, that’s what you are!